● A Cast-Iron Cooking Thanksgiving
, Nov. 19, 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Churchill Woods
. Celebrate Thanksgiving by helping to prepare a traditional meal over an open campfire. Ages 7 and up; under 18 with an adult. $10 per person ages 13 and up; $5 ages 7 – 12. Register online
or at 630-933-7248.
● Holiday Sweets
, Nov. 25 and 26, 12:30 – 4 p.m., Kline Creek Farm
. Learn how to make bright, colorful hard candies, and take home recipes to start your own holiday tradition. Programs begin at 12:30, 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. All ages. Free. No registration. Questions? Call 630-876-5900.
● Talons and Claus
, Dec. 2, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Willowbrook Wildlife Center
. Have your picture taken with Santa and his wildlife friends during a holiday open house. Activities ongoing. All ages. Free admission; $10 per photo. No registration. Questions? Call 630-942-6200.
● Music at Mayslake: Acappellago
, Dec. 2, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m., Mayslake Peabody Estate
. Join this a cappella choir for “Escape to ... Christmas in the Americas,” a musical journey of songs from the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Ages 10 and up; under 18 with an adult. $15 – $17 per person. Tickets at acappellago.org or 708-484-3797.
● Holiday Art and Craft Market
, Dec. 9, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Dec. 10, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Mayslake Peabody Estate
. Shop for quality artisan holiday gifts for family and friends. Part of the proceeds will benefit the next restoration project at Mayslake Hall. All ages. Free. No registration. Questions? Call 630-206-9566.
● Christmas on the Farm
, Dec. 9 & 10, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m., Kline Creek Farm
. Visit the animals; enjoy hot spiced cider and carols by the fire; visit the farmhouse decked in greens; and stop in the visitor center for a picture with a Victorian Santa in his sleigh. Activities ongoing. All ages. Free. No registration. Questions? Call 630-876-5900.
● Horse-Drawn Sleigh Rides
, Dec. 21 – 23 & 28 – 30; Jan. 4 –
6, 2, 2:30 and 3 p.m. Kline Creek Farm
. Hear about farming with real horsepower on a 20-minute ride through the farmstead and fields. Rides are first-come, first-served and use wagons if there’s less than 4 inches of packed snow on the trail. All ages; under 13 with an adult. $5 per person ages 5 and up; under 5 free. No registration. For trail conditions or to arrange for private group rides, call 630-876-5900.
“These programs offer opportunities for people to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the holidays and celebrate the season by connecting to nature,” said Forest Preserve District Commissioner Jeff Redick, District 2.